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and drums. Few in the campus community have missed his piping at events on and off the Edinboro campus. Impossible to miss, too, is the intensity of his commitment to his principal instrument and the pursuit of a unique distinction for himself and the University: The world’s first music education degree with a concentration in bagpiping. Regan, 24, has been piping since he was 8 and performing professionally since 12. He’s been set on his career course even longer. “I’ve wanted to play the bagpipe really well my entire life,” Regan said, adding that the aspiration was all his own. “There was no pressure from my dad.” His dad is Edinboro University instructor of Bagpiping Patrick Regan. He recalls a conversation he had at age 4 with his father, in which he declared that he’d win the Gold Medal, piping’s highest competitive honor, before his father and mentor. • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • “I CAN MAKE PEOPLE LAUGH AT FUNERALS AND CRY AT WEDDINGS. THAT’S NOT SOMETHING THAT SHOULD BE TAKEN LIGHTLY. THAT IMPACT IS A BIG REASON WHY I DO IT.” • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • The younger Regan said he can best the elder on modern, faster tunes, but not the Piobaireachd, the more traditional works in the bagpipe repertoire that Sean Regan describes as “what people picture when they think of a bagpiper playing on a hill somewhere – very slow and controlled, but the highest art in bagpiping.” In the World Online Piping & Drumming Championships, a year-old competition in which video submissions are judged, Sean Regan recently won six of seven events for solo pipers in the highest-level, Grade 1, to become the champion with EDINBORO ON CAMPUS Sean Patrick Regan lives and breathes pipes • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • SEAN PATRICK REGAN: PASSIONATE PIPER PROFILES IN STUDENT SUCCESS most points overall, of 450 entries from 19 countries. In December, at about the same time he learned the final results of the online championships, he also got good news on the Praxis II exam required for certification as a teacher: He easily passed the music tests and scored 195 out of 200 on the general education tests, he said. “That means all I have to do is student teach, and I have the degree.” That sort of success might be expected of the intensely focused eldest of four siblings in a family in which “everybody” plays the Great Highland Bagpipes. The tradition began with Sean Regan’s grandfather, James “Jimmy” Regan, an underage British Royal Navy volunteer in World War II who was inspired to take up the instrument after witnessing the pipers leading the Allies’ victory parade in Tunisia. Jimmy Regan was never a great piper – “he was a mason by profession, so his hands were made of bricks,” his grandson explains with a warm smile – but he instilled a love of bagpipes in his family that runs strong in the third generation. Patrick Regan, who is based in Pittsburgh, was the first to earn a college degree in bagpiping performance, from Carnegie Mellon University, and now his son is in line to receive the first music education degree with a concentration in bagpipe. Requirements for a Music Education degree include working knowledge of an array of instruments, (continued on next page) EDINBORO UNIVERSITY MAGAZINE 7

Edinboro Magazine Winter 2012-13

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